If you’re looking for one of the popular Peak District routes then the Kinder Scout walk from Edale has to be up there with the favourites.
Edale is a beautiful village nestled in the valley between Kinder Scout and the Great Ridge.
Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District National Park at 736 metres. But the area of Kinder Plateau, which is mainly moorland can be reached from many different directions.
This walk from Edale up Grindsbrook Clough to Kinder Scout is one of my favourites routes. Although you don’t reach the exact summit of Kinder Scout, the walk talks you along the Kinder plateau with beautiful views.
Here you will find details on how to get to the start of the walk at Edale, route information, facilities on the walk, plus a detailed step by step guide of the Kinder Scout walk.
I would always recommend that you take a paper map with you on the walk, details below on which map you need for this walk.
Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this walk and what you think!
Kinder Scout walk from Edale
Kinder Scout from Edale walk mapClick for OS online route here
Walk start point
Start grid reference: SK 124 853
Car parking address: Edale car park, Edale, Hope Valley, S33 7ZQ
Edale can be a very popular place to visit in the summer months and weekends. If the Edale car park is full there is an overflow car park a short distance away is available.
- 1 hour – £1.20
- 2 hours – £2.00
- 4 hours – £3.40
- 10 hours – £5.20
- 24 hours – £6.20
Important – The car parking machine is cash only so remember to take some change with you to pay for parking.
Nearest train station: Edale train station (opposite the start location at the car park)
Facilities on the walk
There are public toilets available at the start of the walk at Edale car park.
However, there are no further toilets anywhere else on the way.
Edale has great facilities for the beginning and end of your walk. There are two pubs that serve food (Ramblers Inn and Nags Head), a great cafe next to the train station and further shops down the other end of the village.
Other useful information
- Edale is a popular place for walkers so if you can plan your visit for mid-week or even the winter months it will be quieter.
- This route includes a short scramble section, it’s not too technical but if you’re unsure please ask me any questions in the comments below.
- The Kinder Scout walk is a popular place to go hiking, however, there are some areas on the plateau where you can easily go the wrong way in poor weather (see photos of Grindsbrook in the snow).
- On the walk, there are many flagstone paths and good trails but there are some muddy/peaty sections up on Kinder Scout.
- I would always recommend you take a map and compass (see below).
Check the weather for your walk location and hills
- BBC Weather for Edale
- Met Office weather for the Peak District
- Met Office weather for Kinder Low (on the plateau of Kinder Scout)
Ordnance Survey Walk Map
The map for this walk is OL1 – Peak District (Dark Peak Area)
You can buy a paper map at outdoor shops or shop online at Amazon or Ordnance Survey
Check prices here with Ordnance Survey, there are options to buy either standard map or a waterproof one. You can sometimes find cheaper deals on Amazon, but the Ordnance Survey website sometimes has discounts for buying more than one map!
And don’t forget your compass.
There are lots to choose from, I recommend the Silva Expedition compass, it’s more expensive but a valuable piece of kit!one month or yearly options with OS Online App. For one month, the prices start from £2.99 a month or the annual option is from £23.99.
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Kinder Scout walk (via Grindsbrook) from Edale route
Stage 1 – Edale to Kinder Scout via Grindsbrook Clough
Distance: 2.2 miles/3.5 km
Grid reference SK 124 853
From Edale car park, go down the steps next to the toilets and turn right onto the road. Follow the road past the station and the Peak District Information Centre. Walk all the way to the opposite end of the village to the Nags Head pub.
At the pub, continue down the road, past a cottage on your left, then look for a signpost on the left. Go down the steps and across the narrow wooden bridge and up the steps on the other side.
Follow the flagstone path for about 800 metres, to the small wooded area, through the gate then across a cute wooden bridge. From here, walk up the track as it gradually inclines, running parallel to Grindsbrook Clough for about 1 km.
After 1 km, the track then disappears into a rockier route, you need to cross backwards and forwards over the clough and find the best route up to Kinder Scout.
The last section of the climb to Kinder Scout is the toughest, continue following Grindsbrook Clough up the steep section.
There will be a small amount of scrambling required for this part of the walk. Once you reach the top, you will see a large cairn made out of stones marking the top of Kinder Scout plateau.
Stage 2 – Kinder Scout to Noe Stool (on Kinder Scout)
Distance: 1.5 mile/2.5 km
Grid reference SK 105 872
From the top of Grindsbrook Clough, take the path on the left, following the flagstones heading in an easterly direction for 1 km. To your right is the Kinder Scout plateau and to the left, you can see views down to Crowden Clough.
The path then reaches the top of Crowden Clough, from here you need to cross the clough. In heavy rain, the clough may be flowing hard so waterproof boots are a good idea for this walk.
Once you’ve crossed the clough, take the path leading up to Crowden Tower.
For the next 1 km, you need to make your way around via the rocks known as ‘Wool Packs’, this section of the path is peaty and can be difficult to navigate across the Kinder plateau.
You’ll then reach a large rock called Noe Stool.
Stage 3 – Noe Stool to Jacob’s Ladder
Distance: 1.3 miles/2 km
Grid reference SK 083 869
From the rock at Noe Stool, walk down the path towards another stone cairn. On your right, as you walk down the path you will see Edale Rocks, at the point you reach the cairn you will join the national trail the Pennine Way.
Follow the path past Swine’s Back hill on your right then as you reach the track, turn left, following the Pennine Way path.
The rocky track gradually descends until you reach the top of Jacob’s Ladder, where you’ll see a sign and a large stone cairn.
Follow the path down to the left, as it descends steeply via large steps, all the way to a beautiful old bridge at the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder.
Stage 4 – Jacob’s Ladder to Edale
Distance: 3 miles/5 km
Grid reference SK 088 861
At the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder, go through the gate then follow the path. The track takes you alongside fields on one side and a small wooded area on your right, before reaching a gate with a small row of houses and a small shelter.
Continue all the way until you reach Upper Booth, at the phone box turn left following the path through the farm. Once through the farm, turn left, ignoring the first footpath directly in front and take the second footpath through a small gate, heading east along a track.
Walk down the path, until you reach another small gate, then across a field heading slightly uphill over a small hill. You’ll walk along the path, going through two more gates before entering a couple of fields, normally full of sheep.
Then turn right through a gate leading down a narrow track next to a stream all the way until you’re back at the Old Nag’s Head.
Turn left and your back on the street that leads to the start of the walk at Edale car park. Or you could pop into one of the pubs for refreshments.
Do you have any more questions about the Kinder Scout walk from Edale, maybe what to wear on your hike or any other questions? Ask me in the comments below.
More Walks in the Peak District
Love the walks in the White Peak Area of the Peak District? You might like these Peak District circular walks.
- Shutlingsloe walk including Macclesfield Forest
- Chrome Hill walk from Hollinsclough
- Lose Hill walk from Castleton
- Three Shires Head walk from Gradbach
Have you done this walk from Edale, let me know any feedback in the comments. Which bits of the walk did you like?
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